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Saw a Model 19, blued, in my LGS today for $450. Unsure of the dash number, but I know it was pre-lock. Also saw a Model 66-2 for $475.


Which one is the better buy/deal? They looked to be in 85%+ to my untrained eyes. Assume they are sound mechanically.

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Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Essentially the same gun, only the 66 is stainless. I generally prefer blued guns, but if this is going to be a carry or hard use gun the stainless might be the better choice.

If it were me, I'd pick the one which felt better in my hand.

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Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Essentially the same gun, only the 66 is stainless. I generally prefer blued guns, but if this is going to be a carry or hard use gun the stainless might be the better choice.

If it were me, I'd pick the one which felt better in my hand.
So are these prices undervalued or is that the price I should expect to pay?
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To me, most gun prices these days are outrageous, so I'm probably the wrong person to ask. I think those prices are not out of line with what I see these types of guns going for now. A friend of mine just paid over $400.00 for a Model 10, so I suppose $450 for a model 19 isn't that bad. I bought one three years ago for $250.00.

Try to talk him down $50.00, but I haven't seen Smith K frames go much cheaper than what he's asking.

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Does the Model 19 have a pinned barrel and a recessed cylinder? If so, that's the one I'd get, but then, I like older stuff. If you going to carry camping and hiking, I'd get the 66.

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Does the Model 19 have a pinned barrel and a recessed cylinder? If so, that's the one I'd get, but then, I like older stuff. If you going to carry camping and hiking, I'd get the 66.
Thanks for all the advice. I was just in the shop to look at another gun, and he says the 19 is a -2. I'm not up to speed on all the different changes that happened to Smiths, but I would think -2s have pinned barrels and recessed cylinders.
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See if you can be permitted to dry fire both.

Dry fire in SA and DA modes. If there has been any work done, you'll feel it.

As you cock the hammer, use your fingers to lightly keep pressure on the cylinder as it turns. The cylinder should not move after hammer cocked and cylinder is released.

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Last 19 I bought was 350.00. But that was last year before all the crazy hit full swing around here. At 85% and the cyl was tight I wouldn't see 450 as overpriced right now.

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Saw a Model 19, blued, in my LGS today for $450. Unsure of the dash number, but I know it was pre-lock. Also saw a Model 66-2 for $475.


Which one is the better buy/deal? They looked to be in 85%+ to my untrained eyes. Assume they are sound mechanically.
Without a dash number on the 19 that question is darn hard to answer. Let me ask you this. Did either one of them have target trigger and hammer? Special sights? If these are the same on both guns I would go with the 66-2 unless the 19 was a 19-3 or older. If either one had the trigger and hammer that would be my choice.
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Without a dash number on the 19 that question is darn hard to answer. Let me ask you this. Did either one of them have target trigger and hammer? Special sights? If these are the same on both guns I would go with the 66-2 unless the 19 was a 19-3 or older. If either one had the trigger and hammer that would be my choice.
They are both -2 models, I was told. The manufacture year for the 19 is 1972 (or maybe 73 or 74, I can't remember right now). I was/am more interested in the 19, so that's what I was asking about.
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